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NHL to Team Up With Sportradar to Fight Match Fixing

After placing a team in Las Vegas, the National Hockey League has decided to use Sportradar to help combat potential match fixing by utilizing the firm's Fraud Detection System to monitor more than 500 sportsbooks around the world to detect suspicious betting patterns.

The decision comes shortly after it was confirmed that Las Vegas would be the home of the newest NHL franchise, which will lace up the skates beginning in the 2017-2018 season. The league had already partnered with Sportradar for their game-time data, but will now also partner to avoid any potential match-fixing, which is a major concern as Las Vegas is the world's second-largest gambling market.

Commenting on the agreement NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said, "While we have the utmost confidence in the integrity of our sports and our games, Sportradar's FDS provides an additional layer of security and protection."

Sportradar Managing Director Andreas Krannich also commented, noting: "Our award-winning FDS monitors over 100,000 matches across 12 sports around the world each year and we are delighted the NHL has chosen this system, that oversees all relevant operators and markets, to bolster its integrity defences."

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24 August 2016 - 10:58pm

I think the Americans are too obsessed about the idea that there would be huge match fixing activities if the sports booking have been legalized and in this particular case after Las Vegas hockey team starts exiting.
Yes there is match fixing in the sport over the world but it doesn't happen so often and usually happens in the lower levels of a particular sports structure, NHL players are well paid hard working professionals and I could hardly believe any of them would risk a job which they've got in immense competition.
And beside modern technologies and software’s are so innovative that any single bet for a higher amount could be detected and traced in a minutes literally so this really limits the opportunities even if someone is willing to risk.